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The Dangers of Urinary Tract Infections

UTIs Can Cause Death

UTIs can lead to a condition called sepsis, a potentially life-threatening bloodstream infection. That’s why caregivers must speak to their loved one’s doctor to find out what else may be done to help clear up regular UTIs.

Reduce Risk of UTIs in Those with Incontinence

People with incontinence are more at risk for UTIs because of the close contact that adult briefs have with their skin, which can reintroduce bacteria into the bladder. Some recommendations to help reduce this risk include the following:

  • Change the briefs frequently
  • Encourage front-to-back cleansing
  • Set reminders/timers for those who are memory-impaired to try to use the bathroom instead of the adult brief
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Add regular cranberry juice to help eliminate any UTI that already exists or add cranberry pills
  • Do NOT use cranberry juice or pills if your loved one has a family history of kidney stones or if your loved one is on blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, because these irritate the bladder

If you think your elderly parent might have a urinary tract infection, see your doctor right away.

Related:
UTIs Cause Behavioral, Not Physical Symptoms in Elders
Dietary Dos and Don’ts to Keep an Overactive Bladder Happy
How Do Senior’s Urinary Systems Work?

Urinary Tract Infections in the Elderly originally appeared on AgingCare.com

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9:08AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

good to know

5:50AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:19AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

10:49AM PDT on May 25, 2012

Thanks

9:23AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Thank you

7:34PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:13AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

A great article.

6:40AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Good information. I've been hearing of UTIs being more prevalant than previously; someone I know who works with children tells me that even young children are getting them. And more and more powerful antibiotics are being used to treat them. A friend of mine suggested the use of a product called Cranactin to prevent UTIs, but it will not cure them. Thanks to all those who comment on this issue. It is an important health issue.

11:10AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

None of the store products work for me. If you're a lady, and you know the maddening pain, doctor visits, nasty antibiotic prescriptions, and repeat visits associated with recurrent UTI. Please note, I'm not a doctor, and UTI's have the potential to turn into serious bladder infections, and a bladder infection cannot be gotten rid of without some hardcore antibiotics.

The Lady Soma Detox is the only detox product on the market that prevents my UTI's. I take as directed, and never have to experience a UTI as long as I drink a lot of water. You have to drink tons of water (and that alone is not what prevents the UTI, believe me). I don't know how it works, I just know it does. This is totally anectodal. Always see your doctor. Good luck!

8:10PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thanks for info unfortunately I recently had a UTI. It was no picnic!!!

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